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Robert DykesMar. 28, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
This is SUCH a joke. "they switched lanes on a road where it was illegal to do so."
As a biker, this is the dumbest rule out there. And I have had friends ticketed and fined for this sort of thing.
A bike has AT LEAST double the acceleration of most cars and needs 90% less space to pass. A bike can pass when cars can not. A bike is faster and there is no need to be uselessly stuck behind some slow driver. I am not endorsing driving 100kph and weaving in and out of traffic or other dangerous bike riding, but passing on most roads where it is forbidden for cars is not a problem and not dangerous for a motorcycle.
The fact that cops waste their time with this is amazing when people run stop signs and red lights and talk on the phone and watch TV and let their kids jump around and cops do NOTHING about that.
Posted in: Police officer hit by bikers fleeing from traffic summons
Robert DykesMar. 25, 2015 - 07:07PM JST
oh... yeah. no its not.
Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup
Robert DykesMar. 25, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
" both resident and non-resident Americans are required to file a U.S. federal income tax return every year,"
I am kinda tired of reading this mis-information. You will read this MANY times ALL over the internet and it just is not true.
If you go to the IRS website and read the VERY well hidden TINY print. You are NOT required by law to file unless you make over 98,100 USD a year and/or have over 10,000 USD in foreign banks (for FATCA).
Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?
Robert DykesMar. 20, 2015 - 10:11PM JST
They still have ZERO idea how to reach or even BEGIN to clean up the actual fuel. I am sure in the end they will just have to create a tomb around it like Chernobyl. They did the same with the small Idaho Falls accident. They just left it as, covered it, fenced it up, left it for all eternity. The scary thing is, no one is talking about, is the cost of tombing up Fukushima is going to cost far more than they have spent so far. The tomb at Chernobyl STILL isn't finished!!! Those working directly overhead I think are only allowed 30 minutes at a time or something crazy short like that.
Posted in: Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO
Robert DykesMar. 18, 2015 - 10:45PM JST
No surprise at all. I hated English more than anything else until college where I had some awesome teachers. Then I ended up getting a minor in English and now have a Master's in teaching it.
I hated learning a second language too and avoided at all costs until my junior year of college where I really enjoyed it.
My tastes for subjects changed with the tides and with the good or bad teachers I had.
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
Robert DykesMar. 18, 2015 - 10:42PM JST
Ganna pass on FFXV and on Coleman gear. There are literately 20 other brands I would buy (and do own) over Coleman. Osprey, Montbell, even Dunlop.
Oh wait a sec. I do own a Coleman chair, because it was the CHEAPEST chair and its just a chair. Anything ultralight/dependable = not Coleman.
Even their grills are overpriced by about 10x.
Posted in: 'Final Fantasy XV' and Coleman team up for camping scenes
Robert DykesMar. 16, 2015 - 08:41PM JST
Huh? "why aren't game developers going bust all over Japan, just like in the West?"
You have that backwards. Video game companies are not going bust in the west. Sometimes studios are shut down. But most of the this is because the umbrella company shuffles those people around to other studios.
Many Japanese video game companies ARE struggling.
Also you really can't say western companies vs Japanese.
SquareEnix, a Japanese company, publishes western developed games like Tomb Raider and Dues Ex.
Same with Sony. Sony has plenty of western devs under its umbrella.
If you are talking strictly Japanese developers vs. western devs. I mean yeah. You are going to hear about a few western devs shut down from time to time. But they now outnumber the Japanese 10 to 1 or even 20 to 1.
The JP devs would rather spend 1/10th the time and man power to make mobile games. With games like puzzle dragon, they are taking in millions. They simply could not care less if their games ever leave JP soil.
Posted in: The PS4 is selling like hot cakes all over the world…except in Japan. But why?
Robert DykesMar. 16, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
Smart phones, mobile games, and (3)DS and psp. PSP!!!
I see so many people on the train still using their PSP while I am rocking my Vita which is 3 years old. The PSP is 10+ but people still play that outdated thing.
Japan used to create and push markets all over the world. Automotive, electronics, video games. Now they just live in a entire separate world even more than ever.
Robert DykesMar. 13, 2015 - 01:57PM JST
Forget TTP and Asia/Japan.
TTP is bad for Americans!!! Want to increase the finicnal divide further? This goes way beyond Japan and Asia plenty of westerners are against the TTP and for good reason.
Posted in: U.S. unions gear up to fight Obama over TPP deal
Robert DykesFeb. 16, 2015 - 11:51AM JST
Top Ten Rural areas... in other words 1/5 of Japan.
I have visited every single prefecture in Japan, many of them at least twice. From my travels basically 4/5th of Japan is amazing rural places that anyone could find a nice beautiful peaceful place to settle down. Not to mention they are just listing massive prefecture. Take a place like Kyoto-fu. The top half is massive beautiful inaka, the bottom half is what people think of Kyoto. Ishikawa has Kanazawa. A huge bustling city and the biggest tourist spot in the Hokuriku area. It also has the rural and amazing Noto Pennsylvania. Hokkaido is the single largest rural prefecture in all of Japan yet is home to Japans 3rd largest city.
Posted in: The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to
Robert DykesFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:41AM JST
"Honda products in the late 80s were absolutely amazing. They were at the top of their game back then. Now it's just plastic junk, with relatively good engines."
This goes without saying. That is what Ito is trying to turn around. When Honda was making AMAZING cars in the 80s and early 90's Honda was being run by an engineer. Then someone from the accounting department took over in the 90's. They turned Honda into a horrible company that made below par cars and hardly any innovations. It took a while to phase out there good cars, so Honda still had some decent models through the late 90's and they held onto the s2000 until early 2000s. After the s2000 ceased production, Hondas last decent cars rolled off the line. Ito, another engineer, is trying his best to bring back the Honda that we all loved from the 80s and 90s. If you go to car enthusiast website, they are begging honda to let this guy try to complete his vision. New NSX is coming. New Type-R. New two door roadster. Back in F1. It is the best news to come from Honda in 15 years!
Posted in: Honda CEO shrugs off critics; will see through his supply reforms
Robert DykesFeb. 09, 2015 - 11:36PM JST
Someone on twitter was pointing out that Beck plays 14 different instruments but Beyonce needs 4 song writers for one song. So yeah... Saying Beck isn't artsy. The number of artists still making killers records for as long as beck has is WELL into the double digits now, if not the low dozens.
Posted in: Kanye West slams Beck's Grammy win
Robert DykesFeb. 09, 2015 - 11:33PM JST
'Probably could not swim either"
You have never been swimming in cold water have you. I jumped in a river once that was MUCH colder than I was expected. I could literately feel the blood leaving my arms and legs and rushing to my chest. I could barely move my arms or legs and could barely swim. I had to fight ten times harder than I was expecting against a weak current. Panic comes quickly.
I can pretty much promise you the ocean today in Hyogo was MUCH colder than that river I jumped in and the ocean currents and waves were MUCH stronger than a barely moving river I jumped in. Not to mention they were in their underwear.
Posted in: 2 men filming comedy video for wedding ceremony swept out to sea in Hyogo
Robert DykesFeb. 04, 2015 - 12:23AM JST
"threat by the Islamic State to kill more Japanese citizens."
Wow. I mean these guys are text book "terrorists". The have threaten to invade Russia, Germany, and Canada. They advocate slavery. They love beheadings. Now they threaten to kill more Japanese just because what? Japan tried to get its citizens back through peaceful means. Now they need metal masks, green capes, and a diabolic laugh.
Posted in: Japan steps up border control measures after IS threat
Robert DykesJan. 18, 2015 - 11:00PM JST
".... is that some people are genuinely afraid of earthquakes! One of my best friends refuses to come and visit me here for that reason."
Not so sure about that..... 1/5 of the entire USA population lives in California.... by choice.
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
Robert DykesJan. 15, 2015 - 10:49PM JST
"Sony cashes in, pretty obvious"
ummm. Yeah. I am pretty sure that is what businesses try to do. Make money.
Posted in: Sony announces DVD 'Freedom Edition' of 'The Interview'
Robert DykesNov. 16, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
dumb. lets see the world in only black and white. that always works out
Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point
Robert DykesNov. 05, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Mine is set to 25. What is the point of a modern world and society if we live with midevil notions of being too cold or too hot. Ummm. How about not creating so much trash m. Per capita Japan is one of the most trash producing countries in the entire world. Per capita worse than the USA. People will set their heat to 20, be freezing. But drink 5 CANS of coffee. Creating more trash. Why not make a pot of coffee?
The cool biz and warm biz is to help the government and aging power infrastructures that no one wants to fix. It's not for you, for the people.
Do you realize that the goverment has basicly stopped all green energy incentives!? Why don't they fix that before making us suffer? Do you know why green energy incentives have stopped?
Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan
Robert DykesNov. 04, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
It's not really a big deal. I am from New Orleans. Ever been to Mardi Gra??? The place gets absolutely trashed. Not once but after each and every parade! Over a weeks worth. At the end of every parade he cleaning crew is already there. After its all over the city does an even more thorough cleaning. Let the people have some carefree fun, but just be ready to clean up after them and not complain about it.
Posted in: Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump
Robert DykesSep. 06, 2014 - 04:48PM JST
Agreed with above comment. My wife and I only have 1 bicycle, one kei, and one motorcycle. We can't afford a white plate. I used to have one and we just could not afford it anymore. It would sure would be nice to afford the more expensive car payments, insurance, car tax, and shaken. With the motorcycle i understand and except the increased danger, with the kei we simply can't afford to upgrade.
Posted in: Couple killed in Miyagi car crash
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:13PM JST
Down by the rice fields where I live, nice hardly any people, frogs singing. Sometimes I…
Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Didn't investigators find piles of pills during the search of his home ? Which would most…
Posted in: Painstaking recovery mission at French Alps crash site
Hey, this is one Japanese guy who wanted to take time off work.
Bet when a…
Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
Why did Japan get another foreign coach and one whose name I cannot pronounce or spell.…
Posted in: Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in first game under Halilhodzic
Mar. 29, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
And I very much doubt that China has any plans to invade Okinawa
Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation